Stratus has started shipping the new ftServer 6500, which can be configured as a one, two or four processor system, and the smaller ft5240, which can be configured with one or two processors. While the servers use widely available Xeon processors from Intel, they also include Stratus' specialised technology for keeping hardware up and running.
"These two new models put us at the forefront of Intel's processor technology," said Larry Sherman, director of technical marketing at Stratus.
The new systems are targeted at businesses willing to pay a little extra to keep their business software running at all times. The beefier ftServer 6500 can handle applications such as supply chain management, customer relationship management and databases. The smaller ftServer 5240 is designed to handle e-mail and e-commerce applications.
An ftServer 6500 with one 1.6GHz Xeon chip, 1Gbyte of memory and 36Gbytes of storage starts at $75,000 (£48,282). A fully loaded system will cost up to $130,000 (£83,689), Sherman said.
The ftServer 5240 with one 2.4GHz Xeon, 1Gbyte of memory and 36Gbytes of storage starts at $50,000 (£32,189). Both servers ship with Windows 2000 Advanced Server.